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    Sailing, work and the beauty of chaos in life.

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  1. Hey @jmmondeau, Just caught this thread, thanks for the update. I must say, and I will not opine about whether it is a good or bad thing, the adventures of Rimas provided me with a lot of entertainment. I even picked my catchy username when I moved from lurker-status as sort of a combined spirit of Rimas and one of the undercurrents of this website to never take life too seriously and always remember to stand back once in a while and make a mockery out of the world and have a good laugh. I also learned at least one thing - yes, those Buttery Idaho instant mashed potatoes are un
  2. Yes - a lot of people forget the options that we have nowadays to be able to easily hoist a lightweight foresail. I would not call it a 'code 0' or anything, but being able to keep the main jib sized to regular old 90-110 working jib size, and other options for light air that are quick and easy to use even for untrained crew is a huge benefit. Meanwhile - I still miss not having a cutter rig.
  3. Yeah - I remember that guy and his crazy Noah's ark type boat way up the hills on Orcas. This is back like ~25-30 years ago. Driving up from Doe Bay (not sure how I got invited, just at my usual anchorage back then) was about 15 minutes. And yes, his plan was to just 'roll her on down to the water'. It was never quite clear to me how that works with private property boundaries and all that. Meanwhile - they had a pretty fun little scene going on up there for sure. Not my style, but I always enjoy seeing how others live and try not to be overly critical.
  4. Ultimately, like a lot of things with sailboats, it seems to me it comes down to your use cases and your crew. It seems obvious that a foil with no roller furling is ideal for a competent crew buoy racing? In fact, I think it was those fancy 'foil' based jibs that initially walked us into the whole roller furling thing anyway as part of historical progression. Going offshore, things change. Ideally I would prefer hank-on sails because it means that the crew is going to have to be thinking in advance about sail changes, and the changes (even though they take work) are straight forwa
  5. Slept soundly the night before, and woke up and saw a new neighbor. Up here and in the part of the PNW I was at for a few weeks, it wasn't quite clear whether he/she was planning to do some below waterline work or just wanted to ensure that the hammock remains level while heeled over. This pic is not even low tide, just when I popped up from being busy on the laptop for day-job. Later that afternoon the boat was gone again. Never saw any footprints in the sand, so I don't think whomever it was got any work done.
  6. Plus one on all the posts above - a little bit of soap and fresh water. Soak in a bucket and agitate. Repeat as needed continuing on through regular fresh water. I use regular old Dawn dish detergent (live aboard and its my 'go to' for oddball things) as opposed to OxyClean :) And yes, if you are lazy, after the first round or two in the bucket and getting the bulk of the nasty stuff out - tossing in a side load washer inside a mesh bag is sometimes part of the process. As somebody else noted - don't do this with newer lines, if they are hardened up, stick to only fresh water
  7. and... looks like she was sold. http://sv-mom.com https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f152/brent-swain-36-pilothouse-248806.html
  8. Well, typically windlasses even when electric also have a manual way to work them? So the convenience is there, and then presuming you have enough crew (depending on size of boat, chain, anchor, current/wind, how close those rocks are while you are dragging) and have not lost the parts just crank up old school and get some exercise? To the best of my knowledge, for most boats under say ~50 feet, a regular old winch handle just works in the windlass. Another item I particularly like about these guys and their sales listing is that they specifically note that they do keep the windlass onb
  9. There are other interesting statistical bits over on their website. http://sv-mom.com I like the fact that they took the extra effort to re-galvanize the 'new' anchor chain before using it. ANCHOR SYSTEM 20 Kg Manson anchor re-galvanized in 2018 Chain 140 feet 5/16 G4 new in 2018 and re-galvanized before use 200 feet 3/4" Samson deep 6 nylon line On board, hand crank anchor winch stearn anchor is 20 lb CQR spare 20 Kg Bruce anchor
  10. I still keep paper charts around. Obviously it can be pricey trying to keep them updated, but something (even older) is better than nothing in an emergency? I only keep a subset of what I think would be useful in an emergency and no more than ~5 years old. The one chunk of dead tree that I have found handy the most although is the trusty old USCG Coast Pilot for the appropriate region. Anyway - I have a solid memory from 30 years ago during Southern Straits up here in PNW/Canada and a boat got hit by lightning in the middle of the night. Blew out all their electronics, including the n
  11. One day I should learn how to use a camera better. Meamwhile, part of my brain is still suspicious about mirages and fresh water. Actually - not so much the fresh water, but actual human beings. Stay tight with the pandemic my nautical friends Sorry for not rotating or otherwise modifying my stupid iPhone pic. Cheers all, Off K-Dock (no walk up, just saw it), Shilshole, Seattle WA area
  12. And... I pushed off before finishing my story. Some sort of distraction back home in Bellingham.
  13. And then, there are others like the neighbor that showed up late at night a couple months ago. This is a shot from mid-morning before the tide was out and everything was walkable around the boat. The guy (or gal) came in very late. On retrospect - probably 'oh, there is a sailboat with an anchor light, it must be deep'. So, with the lack of footprints in the sand the next morning, it did not seem like they did any work or inspection below the water line. Much less worry about 14-20 foot tides, other than their obvious local knowledge about sandy bottoms? By the time I looked
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